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16 April 2022

Occupied Jerusalem witnessed at dawn on Friday, 15 April 2022, a dangerous escalation in the continuing aggression of the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people, by storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and brutally attacking worshipers, injuring dozens and the arresting hundreds.

This barbaric attack came as a culmination of campaigns of raids, killings, arrests and collective punishments carried out by the Israeli forces and gangs of Zionist settlers during the past weeks in all the Palestinian territories, including the governorates and cities of Jerusalem, Jenin, Tulkarm, Nablus, Hebron and others, which claimed the lives of more than 25 martyrs. It represents another desperate attempt to perpetuate the occupation and break the spirit of the courageous resistance of the Palestinian people, that was reflected in the escalation of popular resistance and their determination to end the Israeli occupation.

The Israeli escalation has not come in isolation from the acceleration of the pace of normalization and the humiliating agreements concluded by Arab regimes with Israel under American auspices. The consequences of this normalization were demonstrated by the meeting in the Naqab, on 28 March 2022 with the participation of the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt.

Once again, the American and Western positions in general regarding the continuing crimes of the Israeli occupation reveal the double standards of Washington and its allies in NATO. They have prevented any serious move by the United Nations and its human rights bodies to stop the brutal aggression against the Palestinian people, to condemn flagrant violations of the rules of international law and to hold the Zionist occupiers accountable for their crimes.

The Iraqi Communist Party, while strongly condemning the crimes of Israel and the fascist settler gangs, calls on the Iraqi government to take urgent steps on Arab and international levels and at the United Nations, to denounce the brutal aggression of the occupier, Israel, to provide effective support to the Palestinian people and their patriotic forces, and to support the campaign of imposing sanctions and boycotts on the racist state of occupation.

The Iraqi Communist Party salutes the heroic resistance of the Palestinian people and their determination to end the occupation and eradicating it from their lands. It reaffirms its consistent solidarity with the Palestinian struggle to assert their legitimate rights of return and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Political Bureau

Iraqi Communist Party

16 April 2022

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